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General William Tecumseh Sherman

Artist:
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
Date:
1888, cast 1910
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
31 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 12 1/2 in., 104lb. (79.4 x 54.6 x 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift by subscription through the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Committee, 1912
Accession Number:
12.76.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
According to Saint-Gaudens, this bust of Civil War hero General William Tecumseh Sherman (1830-1891) was modeled during eighteen visits, each lasting about two hours. The sculptor depicted Sherman exactly as he appeared during the sittings—with his deeply creased brow, stubbly beard, and unbuttoned collar. The success of this portrait left Saint-Gaudens well poised to win a commission in 1892 for an equestrian monument honoring Sherman. The sculptor used the plaster version of this bust as the basis for Sherman’s portrait on the monument.
Signature: [left side]: AVGVSTVS SAINT GAVDENS; [in circle]: COPYRIGHT BY AVGVSTVS • ST GAVDENS • / M / DC • C • C / C • II

Inscription: [front]: WILLIAM • TECVMSEH • SHERMAN
Commissioned by the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Committee for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, until 1912
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